Firefighters respond to early morning fire

Published: Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 7:24 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 7:24 a.m.

An apparently abandoned home in southwest Gainesville was completely destroyed by a fire early Thursday morning. Fire officials credited the rain overnight and late yesterday for keeping the blaze from spreading to other homes in the area.

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Gainesville Fire Rescue District Chief Pat Lewis said the fire was reported around 5:45 a.m. in a wood frame home near the intersection of Southwest 24th Avenue and Southwest 38th Terrace. About 15 firefighters from Gainesville and Alachua County were dispatched to the scene and pre-dawn traffic was routed around the area.

"It was fully involved when we got there," Lewis said."There was lots of vegetation and trees around this house but fortunately it had rained and that kept it from moving onto other, nearby property."

Officials said the house appeared abandoned but was searched by firefighters to make certain no homeless individuals were inside. No one was found inside, Lewis said. He also said the home was a total loss, with only a few floor joist remaining of the approximately 1,250 square foot home.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known but an arson investigator was at the scene to begin searching for a cause shortly after the fire was extinguished.

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